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Oussama Ben Hmiden and Tanguy Meigné
''The impact of bank rating changes on lending in major European banks ''
( 2018, Vol. 38 No.1 )
This study examines the impact of change in bank ratings on the lending behavior of large European banks by comparing a crisis and post-crisis sample. Our findings suggest that, at the outbreak of the crisis, downgraded banks or those with near a plus (+) or minus (-) notch rating granted fewer loans. This behavior is consistent with the financial pressure due to regulatory requirements, such as requests for additional capital that may increase the role of the credit rating agencies in lending decision-making.
Keywords: Bank rating changes, loans, financial crisis, Basel Capital Accord.
JEL: G2 - Financial Institutions and Services: General
G3 - Corporate Finance and Governance: General
Manuscript Received : Jul 10 2017 Manuscript Accepted : Mar 23 2018

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